As we head into the weekend, I thought it would be fun to recap last weekend’s trip and share some fun moments from our adventures and stay in Jackson Hole, Wyoming! During winter & ski season, Emmett and I enjoy road tripping to nearby mountains. Our ski pass encompasses many resorts, so it’s fun to take advantage and sneak in day or weekend trip elsewhere. We’re no strangers to Jackson Hole, but this was our first time staying downtown Jackson- within walking distance to town square… which was really fun! Click through for a peek at the charming hotel we stayed at, a few of our favorite spots, and a glimpse into our latest weekend adventure.
We booked a couple nights at Anvil Hotel and I’m really glad we did. It’s affordable, well-designed, warm & cozy, and was within walking distance to all the shops and restaurants. Our weekend ski trips are typically pretty spontaneous, so booking a bit late, we reserved a room with two queen beds instead of a king. The layout was nice and functional though!
From wool blankets to a beautiful navy paint color, I definitely appreciated the aesthetic of the hotel. In addition to the design, I was also happy to see good toiletries, snacks, a bluetooth speaker, and plenty of local favorites in the mini bar to enjoy.
We didn’t spend a great deal of time at the hotel, since our plan was to get in some good skiing, but each time we found ourselves back in our room- it proved to be the perfect place to unwind and warm up.
The hotel lobby doubles as a coffee shop and mercantile. When we arrived on Friday, there was live music and people enjoying their coffee in front of the fire, which felt like a warm welcome!
This place definitely gave me an outdoorsy lodge aesthetic, but obviously with a designer’s touch. From the lighting to the products carried in the mercantile, it was fun to explore and hang out here! We ended up bringing some local coffee home with us.
The weather in Jackson Hole cooperated for us… our ski days were sparkly bluebird days and lower in the valley, we were met with snow flurries- which I think adds to the mountain magic of Jackson!
While colder than Salt Lake, there were plenty of places to duck in and warm up. We popped into shops, restaurants, and followed our ears toward live music each evening.
I’d definitely recommend and stay at Anvil again! Emmett & I both agreed the location was perfect for exploring the main streets of Jackson.
We did have to drive to the resort for skiing, but it was an easy and beautiful 15 minute commute.
In my opinion, Jackson Hole is one of the more difficult places to ski. It is steep, technical, and challenging in the best way. My nerves always turn into adrenaline, which makes for a good progressive ski day. It just takes me a minute to feel settled & confident, ha.
We wasted no time in getting to the top… we took the tram up for our first run. If you’ve ever been all the way to the top, you already know there is a delicious little waffle hut that makes the whole upper mountain smell heavenly! FYI- if you’re not advanced or expert level, there is no easy way down (all black, double black, and out-of-bounds backcountry), but you can always enjoy a waffle and ride the tram back down (no skiing necessary). Hot tip for the waffle-loving foodies out there!
After each ski day, we found ourselves walking around downtown. Although we’ve had plenty of visits to Jackson Hole, this was the first time I ever stopped to photograph the iconic antler arch. Speaking of antlers- I came home with some vintage taxidermy from this trip.
If you’re planning to visit Jackson during the winter months- dress accordingly. Plan for treacherous icy sidewalks (the city doesn’t clear most of them), bundle up, and wear snow boots with good traction. My new favorite coffee in Jackson, Cowboy Coffee Co, helped to warm us while walking.
The best food or dinner we had was at Glorietta. Not only does it have a charming interior and exterior, but the food is fantastic. It’s worth making a reservation because it books quickly. We were able to sneak in early before the crowd rolled in.
We were also celebrating our friend’s birthday and went all out with drinks, appetizers, entrees, AND dessert. Everything was so delicious.
My liquor of choice is bourbon (you know I’m a Kentucky gal, right?)… so naturally my favorite cocktail on the menu was one that included a sweet potato infused bourbon. Emmett got the same and we both agreed it was really phenomenal.
We arrived just as the sun was setting (our reservation was at 5pm) and by the time it was dark out, there was not an empty seat in the restaurant! I’m glad we were early enough that I was able to snap a few shots of the interior.
Celebratory cake and tiramisu were split to commemorate our friend’s birthday- which was a welcome reason to indulge in treats I’ve so badly missed.
We also had to swing by our favorite breakfast stop & bakery on our way out of town. We never go to Jackson Hole without stopping by Persphone. There is always a line out the door, but the wait is worth it. It’s a bustling bakery with delectable treats, breakfast, and coffee.
I hope you enjoyed a peek at our weekend in Jackson! We have a few more winter ski trips planned that I’m looking forward to. Despite the fact everyone is already talking about spring (and retailers are already setting summer), I’m trying to be more intentional about enjoying the season we’re currently in. I know winter isn’t everyone’s favorite, but I hope you’re able to find some fun activities to enjoy this season. We’ve been getting so much beautiful snow here in Salt Lake, I think it has boosted by winter spirits. I’m fully embracing it, and we certainly need the precipitation. We’re looking forward to taking our family out next week. There is nothing more fun than skiing with our nieces and nephews! Cheers to a great weekend ahead. Enjoy it!